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January 3, 2012

BMW Drops M3 Sedan (E90) for 2012 Model Year

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Written by: Pete
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BMW has decided not to offer its most sporting variant, the M3, in a sedan body for the 2012 model year, leaving 2011 the last year to pick up quite possible the last V8 powered M3 Sedan in the company’s history.
The M3 began life in 1986 based on the E30 3-Series platform.  Introduced with a 2.3L I4, the car made 192 hp.  It was offered in coupe, sedan, and convertible.  This car then evolved into the E36 generation M3 that made its debut in 1992.  That car was then powered by a 3.0L I6 making 240 hp and was also offered in a coupe, sedan, and convertible bodystyle.

For model year 2000 BMW offered a new model M3, the E46.  This car came with a fantastic 3.2L I6 motor making 333 hp.  This was the first M3 model to only be offered in either a coupe or convertible.  It also brought a few other first for the car such as the ill-received SMG single-clutch automated manual transmission.

After a 2 year break, BMW introduced the current generation M3, the E90.  This car was the first for the brand to have a V8 in a 3-Series, a 414hp 4.0L V8 to be exact.  This generation did see the return of the sedan offering in addition to the coupe and convertible.  Accounting for roughly 12% of M3 sales since, the sedan has been a great alternative for those seeking M3 performance with the added family friendliness of a sedan.  With a zero-to-60 mph sprint of under 4.5 seconds and 25 mpg it made a very ‘practical’ choice to those seeking it all in one car.

For the 2012 model, BMW has decided to once again retire the sedan offering of the M3 (E90).  This is likely due to the fact that a new (F10) 3-Series has just debuted and will launch here in the U.S. in the coming months.  A new M3 is surely on its way but with a rumored tri-turbo I6 configuration, 2011 could be your last year to pick up a V8 powered 3-Series sedan, even possibly ‘M’ badged sedan at all, if you are so inclined to do so.

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